The unthinkable happened. You thought you closed the back gate, but it didn't latch all the way and now Fido has gotten out of the backyard. While most pets will have on a collar that has all your important information on it, there is a possibility that it can fall off and then how will anyone know who Fido belongs to? This is where the microchipping technology can come in and save the day.
A microchip is a small electronic chip that contains a unique preprogrammed number that is used to identify your pet. The chip is implanted just under the skin of your furry friend, right at your vet's office without the need of anesthesia.
The microchip contains a registration number for the specific registry of the chip. A scanner will read the chip and display the number to contact the specific registry of the microchip to give the information that is registered for your pet.
1. When a lost pet is found and taken to either a vet or shelter, the first things they will do is scan the animal for a microchip. Once the chip is located and scanned, they can search the microchip registry to quickly locate the owner of the animal, saving time for both you and the rescuer.
2. The microchip technology is designed to last your pet's lifespan so there is no need to replace after a certain amount of time.
3. The implanting of the microchip is done right at your vet's office for your convenience. The process is similar to giving your animal a vaccine, so it does not harm your pet.
4. Since the microchip is inserted into your pet there is not a chance of the chip becoming lost, so your furry friend will always have a form of identification with them.
5. If your pet was adopted from a rescue shelter, there is a high possibility that they were already microchipped.
6. Pets with microchips are more likely to be returned to their owners. A study has found that Dogs with microchips will be returned 52.2% of the time while dogs without will be returned 21.9% of the time and Cats with microchips were returned 38.5% of the time while without the microchip only 1.8% of the time.
While the microchipping technology is incredible, your pet should always wear a collar with tags on them. After your pet has been microchipped you need to make sure that it is registered with the correct company and that the information up-to-date so in case of an emergency, your pet can be returned to you.